Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) will travel to Washington, D.C., along with gun violence victims and family members from places like Chicago, Hartford, Colorado and other communities, on September 17-18. An information session is planned for students and parents this weekend. Junior NAA will host a meeting on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 2 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. They will share information about the planned trip to the nation’s capitol.
Bit by bit, piece by piece, police and a group of volunteers are separately seeking to assemble a jigsaw puzzle of sorts that would point the way to the missing Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland, 50, of Glen Road, Sandy Hook, a man who went missing from his home in late July and has not been heard from since.
On Sunday, September 1, police, working with Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) and the Lake Zoar Authority Marine Patrol, searched a section of Lake Zoar lying north of the Rochambeau Bridge in seeking any evidence of Mr Hoagland.
The Newtown Board of Education announced Tuesday that it is starting its search for a permanent superintendent, while also expressing its gratitude to John Reed for serving as interim superintendent of school.
The school board has chosen CABE Search Services, an executive educational search firm to facilitate the process. CABE Senior Consultant Jacqueline Jacoby will lead the CABE [Connecticut Association of Boards of Education] team and will be assisted by George Goens, and Mary Broderick. Dr Broderick’s work with community conversations through the William Caspar Graustein Fund has brought her to Newtown previously.
The first step in the search process is to seek comments through focus groups to learn about strengths and challenges of the Newtown schools as well as leadership qualities desired in the next educational leader.
What's a little rain - when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, parade goers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder.
But Mother Nature took mercy on the hundreds of friends and families lining the parade route from the top of Main Street to its finish on Queen Street, holding off her downpour until the final moments of the parade. A brief mid-parade shower had umbrellas blossooming like flowers, only to be quickly put away when the sun decided to play hide-n-seek.
Prior to the 10 am start of the parade, feelings along the parade route ran from exuberant to tentative. "It's a community feel," was a common sentiment voiced, with one gentleman saying he thought more people were turning out to support the town as much as to watch the parade.
In recent budget cycles, Newtown High School has prioritized needed preparations for an anticipated 2015 New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) visit, including additional teaching positions.
Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais said on Friday, August 30, the date of that visit has finally been announced.
Mr Dumais received a letter on Friday, August 30, announcing the visit. NEASC Director Janet D. Allison wrote, “The school’s application for its decennial accreditation visit has been processed, and we have scheduled Newtown High School for a visiting committee on October 4, 2015, through October 7, 2015.”
As a police search for a missing local man moved through its fifth week, the man’s wife said his disappearance presents a situation that is “very scary, tricky, bad, mysterious.” Lori Hoagland said this week that she and others are “perplexed” by her the disappearance of her husband, Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland’s. Mr Hoagland, 50, was last seen on Sunday, July 28, at his home. Mr Hoagland is a real estate appraiser, who is self-employed and also works for an attorney in Bridgeport. Newtown police have provided only basic information on Mr Hoagland in publicizing his disappearance and in seeking information from the public on his possible whereabouts. Mr Hoagland was last publicly seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 6:45 am on Sunday, July 28.
According to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, only one graduating class from Sandy Hook School, the Class of 1980, has sought her help finding a time capsule buried on the property. Class member Wendy Mitchell says the time capsule for the Sandy Hook Sc...
A Flash Flood Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in New York City for Fairfield and Westchester counties. It is in effect until 5:45 pm. In addition, the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Fairfield County, along with Putnam County and Westchester County in southeast New York, in effect until 5 pm.
Stepping across new, pressed concrete sidewalks Monday afternoon, Senator Chris Murphy saw improvements that the streetscape project has brought to Sandy Hook Center. He was also in town for a bite to eat at The Villa with Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) Vice President Joe Hemingway — a lunch date that Mr Hemingway won in a recent SHOP fundraising event. Mr Hemingway wanted to thank the senator “for all his support,” noting that he “has been visible, and has been around” to help the community.